Kentucky alcoholic authorities have suspended a Lexington cafe’s license to operate after the owner defied an executive order to shut down the coronavirus, reports show.
Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) on Tuesday ordered Brewed at 124 Malabu to shut down on state guidelines, but owner Andrew Cooperrider continued to operate.
Gov. Andy Beshear last week established new restrictions that suspended indoor dining for three weeks as well as restricted alfresco dining.
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When Cooperrider refused to change operations, authorities suspended his liquor license, the Kentucky Herald Leader reported.
The emergency stay order cited “the continued operation of the licensee and the sale of alcoholic beverages on licensed premises constitute an immediate danger to the health, safety or welfare of the public.
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Cooperrider, who is an official with the Kentucky Libertarian Party, has said on his social media that he will not abide by the new restrictions, The Hill reported.
Some patrons came to the cafe on Wednesdays expressly because Cooperrider was “fighting” the governor’s orders.
Beshear had previously warned that companies operating in defiance of his orders could face license suspensions and fines of up to $ 100.
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“Pretending that this virus is not real is not an option,” Beshear said. “It’s time to do what it takes to end this fight.”